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| September 3, 2013

Thoughts on Labour Day: Workers and their unions must learn to dream bigger

Why is there so much attention paid to people as consumers, but so little to people as workers?

Is it because the mere mention of our rights as workers brings up all kinds of uncomfortable truths that threaten the very ideological foundations of the current economic system?

As we celebrate Labour Day these are important questions to ponder.

The vast majority of us are wageworkers. Wages are our primary source of income. Or we collect a pension because we and/or our spouse were once workers. Or we are dependents of workers.

In fact a huge proportion of the money spent by consumers in our economy comes directly or indirectly from our wages as workers.

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| August 22, 2013
Asia Pacific Currents

Workers in Iran: Repression and strategies for moving forward

August 3, 2013
| Labour updates from the Asia Pacific region and an interview with Farid Partovi from the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran.
Length: 28:45 minutes (26.33 MB)
June 26, 2013 |
Older immigrant workers who have been laid off are falling through the cracks of Canada's employment system, with many of them ending up in temporary jobs with few benefits.

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| June 6, 2013
Asia Pacific Currents

Hong Kong dock workers win: Analysis of the dispute

May 18, 2013
| Interview with Au Loong Yu, editor of the China Labour Net website, who provided an analysis of the outcome of the Hong Kong dockworkers' strike and the broader political context.
Length: 28:25 minutes (13.01 MB)
May 10, 2013 |
Nigerian students Victoria Ordu and Favour Amadi were given the toughest possible punishment for working at Wal-Mart, while apparently Wal-Mart faces no penalty.
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Arrests of undocumented workers not entertainment

April 24, 2013
| On March 13, Canada Border Services agents brought a TV crew with them when they raided a construction site in Vancouver and arrested several undocumented workers.
Length: 12:53 minutes (11.8 MB)
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